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Re: Grand Willys project

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Lets get an engine and trans in this thing!!!! Great Update, its really starting to come alive!!! Keep it coming.

Can we get a picture of the entire thing from say a corner shot (for ex like it was being taken of the right front fender) so we can see the whole chassis so far?
Just come in from the workshop and think I have the photos you are seeking after today's work was done. I'll see if I have the time to put them up after dinner. It Sunday night here already.
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Re: Grand Willys project


This was an exciting time for me. Wheeled the engine/transmission/transfercase assembly across ready to be lifted in!


Overall shot of the frame and drive train in place.






Got a bit carried away with the engine in shots.


One of the reasons I added the front diff assembly and the steering rack was to make sure I had enough clearances. Has been 1.5 years since making the engine mounts so good to double check everything under the installed weight. Everything checked out well except for the clearance between the diff mount and the engine mount. I had made it with 3/8"-10mm of clearance, but the engine mount compressed 1/4"-6mm once under weight.


It probably would have been alright as the engine torque would lift the engine up on this side giving more room. But I couldn't be 100% sure so simply welded up the bracket holes and re-drilled them 1/4"-6mm higher. Now I am confident it will be fine.


Funny how the two cross members look remarkably similar even though there is 60 years between them. You are looking though at the top of the original and the bottom of the new one though.


Was thinking of using the old one at first but worried it might not be up to holding the weight of the new drive train.


The frame depth in this section is 2" deeper than on the donor Jeep. So I had to shorten the cross member so it would fit between the rails.


Good thing is that there is an 1" of clearance under the auto's sump compared to the bottom of the frame rail. Even the transfercase sits higher than the bottom of the frame.


It worked out the end of the cross member sits flush with the bottom of the rail once the stock drive line angle was set. Will have to make some now mounts for it next.
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Re: Grand Willys project

That is one big motor for that frame!
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Now that's exactly what I like to see when I wake up in the morning and check my subscribed threads!! Great work!! She's really coming along!!
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That is one big motor for that frame!
Ha ha, it is actually much bigger and stronger than you will find under most Hotrods with twice the power!
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Re: Grand Willys project

fantasic, this is like watching one of those cool custom car tv shows but better.
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This is gonna be killer!
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Re: Grand Willys project

I take it no one has a CRD or SRT rear driveshaft lying around they could measure for me? Just need the fully compressed length to compare to mine.
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Im pretty sure the driveshafts are the same as your hemi shaft
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Re: Grand Willys project


Cut some brackets to support the cross member. These will pick up the original holes in the cross member still left after shortening it.


Also from the same piece of 3/6" tubing, cut some angle pieces to cap the end of the cross member and pass under the frame to pick up the threaded mounts that are inside the rail done earlier before boxing it.


Fitted some anti crush tubes for the slotted holes. I will extend cross member pressing to go over them.


Here you can see how it worked out. This greatly strengthens the mount at the end.


Bracket welded into place. It was first tacked into position after all the bolts were in place. Then the cross member was removed and a sash clamp run from one side of the frame to the other and tightened. The welding was then done one at a time and allowed to cool in-between. This was to keep the frame straight and not bend outwards with the weld heat.


The shape of the upper bracket was to allow the brake and fuel lines to pass by as well as the wiring harness without getting too close to the exhaust which may run down the inside.


Both inner and outer sets of bolts are at the same height, so no additional ground clearance was lost.


It doesn't look to obtrusive.


Bolted in the driveshaft to make sure things I fit around it don't interfere. Unfortunately too short to use due to the wheel base differences.


A driveshaft from a diesel or V6 petrol version has the extra 1.5" I need, but are nearly $1500 here! As you cannot replace the uni's on these once worn out, second-hand is not really a option. May machine up a spacer instead if I can get use of a lathe. The transfercase end has the same bolt pattern as a Corolla, so could even use a wheel spacer!


The mount braces still clear the engine fine.


Also plenty of room for the steering shaft. It needs to be extended 7" though to reach the firewall. If anyone knows of another Jeep shaft that may suit, or from other car, let me know please.
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